Many people credit iconic actress Audrey Hepburn with these “beauty tips,” however they were written by humorist Sam Levenson. Hepburn was a big fan of Levenson’s work and often quoted his essay in public.
Although, Hepburn is credited with saying, “”If I had [beauty secrets], I’d make a fortune. But I know what helps— health, lots of sleep, lots of fresh air, and a lot of help from Estee Lauder.”
Despite being credited to Marilyn Monroe, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Anne Boleyn, among others, this famous adage was actually created by Pulitzer prize-winning scholar Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in an obscure scholarly essay entitled, “Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735.″
The (miscredited) popularity led the author to write a book titled after the quote.
The quote first went viral on Tumblr, after someone misattributed it to Deschanel. Weirdly enough, it was reblogged on her personal tumblr, even though she didn’t write it.
Country singer Roger Miller was most likely the first person to say this, though there’s a chance it was said by a totally random guy named also named Roger Miller. Bob Marley wasn’t quoted with the phrase until the mid-2000s, which seems pretty suspicious considering that he died in 1981. It has also been falsely attributed to Bob Dylan.
Also, Eleanor Roosevelt never said this either.
Even just by glancing, this obviously was not written by Shakespeare (the meter is wrong). It probably wasn’t until at least the 19th century that umbrellas became common for personal use.
And if we’re really going to pick this apart, his name is missing an “e” here as well.
Let’s make a pact to stop attributing quotes we made up ourselves to dead famous people.
JUST BE UPFRONT ABOUT IT, OK? OK.
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